• Meat is back on the menu since Lent is over

    I’m eating meat again, and I’m loving it.

    People warned me to not make such a huge sacrifice for Lent. “Just give up red meat,” advised the Standard’s advertising director, Robin Phelan. “You have to set realistic goals,” said Community News Coordinator Carrie Pride. I was determined, however, to prove I could do it. And I did — for the most part.

  • Sometimes Jesus should just sell me to the circus

    Isn’t it so like God to ruin a good bout of cynicism?

    For a few months, I’ve been down on religion. Very bah humbug and all, struggling to get to church on time, or at all for that matter.

    Most often, I’d detour into Wal-Mart and dawdle in the shampoo or office supply aisle. Then I’d get to church late and sit not in my usual place in the front, but way in the back off to the side where I’d hope to be invisible.

  • Unnatural health problems and their causes

    As I get older, it seems ever so much is interconnected.

    Just yesterday, Mr. Franconia made reference to that butterfly in Mexico affecting weather much beyond. Who would normally think of such a connection?

    Amid all this interconnectedness, as we keep moving forward in this cycle of national leadership selection, one issue causing people a lot of angst is health care.

  • Easter, spring time for new beginnings, dreams

    My 5-year-old niece, Elizabeth, was trying to decide the other day what she wanted to be when she grew up.

    At first she didn’t know. There are so many choices — many to which she hasn’t even been exposed.

    She decided quickly that she didn’t want to follow her mom’s footsteps to be a computer programmer. The expression on her face was answer enough. She made a similar face to the thought of writing for a newspaper like her aunt Lisa. And she definitely decided not to be a lawyer like her “best friend” Chip.

  • Presidential race still heated for the Democrats

    Epilogue (in the prologue spot): Multi-tasking is not all it’s cranked up to be. Luckily, some gasoline station operators realize there are mentally impaired drivers out there. The column below was written late Wednesday afternoon, as the family was gearing toward a breakaway Easter weekend, heading to Carter Caves and then on to Ashland, hooking up with daughter, Rachael, and her husband, Justin. Thursday morning, I stopped by the gas station on Second and East Stephen Foster Avenue to fill up and grab a bag of ice.

  • Obama's race talk something to believe?

    Once again, the conventional wisdom proved stunningly unwise. Barack Obama was supposed to be on his heels, forced into a backpedaling, defensive crouch after racially charged remarks by his former pastor, delivered from the pulpit years ago, suddenly became the hottest story of the presidential campaign. But instead of running away, Obama issued a challenge to those who would exploit the issue of race: Bring it on.

  • Changing the law doesn't fix all problems

    A woman in California spotted a picture of her son on an adult Web page. She was outraged, and outraged even more to find out it’s not against the law to take pictures of people in public places. She’s creating a hoopla to get a law passed.

    Let’s pause the hysteria and look at the facts. The picture presumably was neither retouched nor cropped. In other words, it is a true representation of the boy as he appeared at a public swim meet, wearing a swimsuit that either his parents purchased for him or approved of his wearing.

  • Springsteen lyrics are more than words to song

    As I write, I am eagerly awaiting Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Actually, they’re awaiting me — and thousands of other fans who can’t wait to see “The Boss” tonight in Indianapolis.

  • Celebrate the worldly achievements of women

    In the wake of International Women’s day, March 8, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge some of the lengths women have come and strides that have been made to bring about equal rights for the sexes in the United States. IWD is celebrated throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.

  • Let's work together to make our Earth better

    Personally I am no fan of winter weather.

    When asked about the weather this time of year at this place on Earth, I have often observed simply, “Spring is comingee!” No complaining, just stating a fact.

    These days I am at least mentally adding, “eebut may we not have major storms then!”

    I’m no climatologist or weather scientist, but it does seem to me that the patterns of our weather are changing. Sometimes it is hurtful.